Scripps Research vessel returns from Pacific Northwest

Posted at 11:28 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 02:29:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The research vessel Roger Revelle arrived in San Diego Tuesday after months out at sea. 

Several students from UC Santa Cruz and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography got to spend six of those days aboard the Roger Revelle as Professor Steven Constable studied fault systems on the ocean floor off the coast of Northern California and Oregon. 

“This cruise was fun because we had a lot of students on board," Constable said. "The whole point was it was a training cruise so we got to teach them how things work, tell them old sea stories, that sort of thing.” 

Constable says Scripps funded the trip to give students the opportunity to go to sea for six days while the crew was doing their months of research. 

“And so we’ve left some instruments out there to record seismic waves and the earth’s magnetic field for a couple of months,” Constable said. “It’s always been important and I think it always will be important.

“They have a live video feed for us so we can watch what they’re doing and they’re probing the geothermal vents and hot spots down there,” Captain Chris Curl said. 

Constable says the Roger Revelle is scheduled to leave October 16 and then retrieve the devices they put on the ocean floor between two and six months from now.